and i kinda like it that way
This project took a whole year and several attempts to capture each season in its prime. I've done some crazy things to get a shot, but this required a new level of patience and determination. I learned a lot in the process and can't wait to top it! The 40-something images that comprise the final panoramas were taken at Arizona Snowbowl between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017.
to realize there will be nothing ahead but more of the same.
I love traveling and sharing stories. The money I make with photography and graphic design goes right back into paying off my gear and purchasing upgrades to tell better stories. I haven't made a single cent of profit in the 4 years since I began, but monetary wealth has never been my goal. I have made more connections and experiences in the last 4 years than I have in all of the previous 25 years combined. That's worth more to me than any amount of money.
I would LOVE to offer my passion and energy to help capture the most spectacular moments of your life! Please contact me for any reason: just to chat, share a story, request services, collaborate, or whatever. I'm here for you :)
My name is Max—if you haven't guessed as much from the punny title of my website and social media accounts. I manage social media for a rad company during normal business hours. But, during the mornings, nights, and weekends, I live as a photographer, adventurer, adrenaline junkie, volunteer event organizer and hardcore nerd.
There was a time after high school when I played video games 40+ hours a week. Even then, I was compelled to create and share. I organized a weekly scavenger hunt on my server in World of Warcraft by hiding the UI and taking a screenshot. Contestants had to figure out where I took the screenshot and replicate the image. I made Minecraft tutorials with original designs and redstone mechanics. I went to school off and on, changing my major multiple times. This was my life until mid-2014 when I decided to start exploring the outdoors like I did as a kid.
I bought a GoPro and went cliff-jumping with my friends at the lake every weekend that summer, while saving every penny I could. That December, I left college for the third time and used my savings to put a downpayment on a fuel-efficient, yet spacious SUV. On January 31st, 2015, I started a Facebook group to organize trips and meet other people interested in a life of adventure. That was the beginning of Max Level Adventures.
The list continued to grow and so did I. I picked up mountain biking and photography along the way. I have hiked, biked, and backpacked through stunning vistas and challenging terrain. I've skydived, bungee jumped (8 times), dived from waterfalls, rock climbed, canyoneered, spelunked, competed in obstacle courses, started this website, driven 9,000 miles to Alaska and back (by myself), moved to Oregon for a month, made amazing and wonderful new friends, and explored countless new places in 11 US states, 3 Canadian provinces and Sonora, Mexico.
It wasn't always easy or glamorous. I worked 2 jobs for 10 months, was robbed twice, buried my dog, contemplated suicide, but I always found the silver lining and pushed through.
The constant effort and hard work have paid begun to pay off in ways that I never expected when this began. I got to help with a Devin Supertramp video for the SuperBowl pre-game show! I was featured in a mini-series on YouTube about people pursuing their passion. But, honestly, those are the success I tend to forget. The things that stick out the most are the people who have reached out to tell me that I've inspired them to do what they love. If only they knew how much those comments inspire me...
This website began as a way to disseminate outdoor information and invite people on trips, but the desire to create inspiring content grew beyond my expectations. My vlog is currently my main focus. It's the most fun to make and seems to have the biggest impact on people.
By pursuing my passions, I hope to reveal opportunities that allow me to continue that pursuit while inspiring others to do the same.